The month of May is when things really begin to feel summery - bluebells carpet woodland floors and the clouds begin to disappear after the April showers. It seems quite fitting then that my colour for May is blue, or more specifically, azure.
This intense shade sits halfway between true blue and cyan on the colour wheel and gets its name from from the semi-precious mineral, Lapis Lazuli. It is the colour of the sky on a clear summer's day - those hot, lazy days when there's not a cloud in sight. It's the colour I most associate with holidays: oh to be on a white sand beach where the sea and the sky melt in to one infinite vista!
This picture of a house in Greece epitomises summer for me. Even though I've only been to Greece once. In 2001. And it was rubbish.
Bad holidays aside, when it comes to interiors blue is having a bit of a moment. From the inky shade of Farrow & Ball's Stiffkey Blue and Little Greene's smoky Juniper Ash to the almost turquoise Mrs Booth by Fired Earth there is one for every mood. But for a real Mediterranean vibe try teaming Dulux's Sea Blue with brilliant white. Add in some geometric and ikat patterns in a darker shade (see below) and perhaps a splash of terracotta, et voilà - it's summer all year round chez vous!
Having said all that, I have to admit that the only things in my house that are this colour are the jeans in my wardrobe! But maybe in order to combat those depressing long, dark days of winter I need to get the blues.
What do you think? Is blue the hue for you?